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Equator sun -v- Regular sun

Nancy Young

I've had the opportunity to embark on many adventures, with my most recent one being 1-five hour flight to LAX from Detroit + 1-eight hour flight from LAX to Tahiti + 40 min ferry ride from the city, to the island of Moorea, followed by a 30 min cab ride to the other side of the island. To say I traveled to the other side of the world would be an accurate statement. It's beautiful here. Even during low season with a chance of rain almost daily, you find beautiful lush green landscape, water so blue and turquoise you would think you were starring at a real life screen saver. My time here so far has been spent, chatting up the spa managers on why they should carry dbts Skin Bar brand products, napping, Dolphins, paddling boarding, hiking those lush green mountains, followed by a small amount of sun bathing. I say a small amount, because although "sun is life" there are two "different types" of sun. You are probably thinking, how is there a different type of sun? Here's how...

"I call this: Equator Sun -v- Regular Sun."

When I say every time I step into the sun I feel like someone has opened an oven set at 475 degrees F. Is that bread I smell baking? Nope, it's my skin, because it's hot as hell. I'm talking immediate sweat pouring from every pore of my brown body. It's cray!  

Why does it feel so hot? Well, the sun is directly over head rather than at an angle. The sun's path is also traveling a shorter distance resulting is less absorption and scattering. 

Is the Southern Hemisphere (where Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji is located), there is less ozone to block UV rays that cause sunburn. The earths orbit takes it closer to the sun, & finally there is less pollution in the Southern Hemisphere to block UV rays.  Who knew!!??

Arm yourself by using both

 a chemical and physical sun screen. Chemical sun screens absorb into the skin, be sure to apply 30-45 min before you go out. Physical sun screens work to block out UV rays immediately upon application. 

✔️Reapply every hour.

✔️Limit your direct sun exposure to only a few hours throughout the day.

Top Picks:

dbts Skin Bar's Solar Shield 30, physical sun screen, great for sensitive skin areas such as face, ears, neck, and chest. Great for children because it works immediately. 

Dermalogica's Sun Protection 50 Sport, chemical base & water resistant.

 

Happy Travels!